Picasso at the Lapin Agile

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
Written by Steve Martin

MCC Theatre Outback:
1833 W. Southern Ave. Mesa, AZ 85202
SE corner, Dobson & Southern
(Building #29, Room TH2)


  • Fri, Mar. 2nd; 7:30pm
  • Sat, Mar. 3rd; 7:30pm
  • Sun, Mar. 4th; 2:00pm

Tickets are $10.
All proceeds go towards Scholarships for theatre students.
Arrive early! House opens at 7pm Fri/Sat … 1:30pm Sun

Make a reservation! If not, you may not get in. One of our February shows sold out to standing room only! You should definitely call to reserve your tickets now! If we are filled to capacity, walk-ins will be sadly turned away. Do not expect to just show up and get in. Call now and reserve your seat! Box office: 480-461-7170

(If you cannot attend the above dates, ask the box office about March 1st!)

Directed by Joel Cranson


  • Jameson Estes
  • Kevin Herrmann
  • Jason Kleinschmidt
  • Frank Lang
  • Melissa Moses
  • Eric Shumann
  • Hal Semmens
  • Brett Siders
  • Melissa Stinson
  • Leslie Wall

What if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso had met just before they made their monumental discoveries in art and science? The year is 1904; Einstein is about to publish “The Special Theory of Relativity,” and Picasso is on the verge of realizing cubism. This hilarious play argues the differences between art and science, love and lust, genius and insanity.

13 Rue de L’Amour

“13 Rue de L’amour”
Thursday Nov 30, 2006 – Sunday Dec 3, 2006
at 7:30 PM (30th, 1st, 2nd); 2 PM (3rd)
Where: MCC Theatre Outback
Mesa, AZ 85201
“13 Rue de L’amour” translates to “#13 on the Street of Love.” The farce explores the comical extremes of human sexuality and infidelity.

Silhouette and the 48-hour Film Challenge

Pop quiz, hotshot: Friday night, 7pm, you are given an envelope containing three things: a movie genre, a prop, and a line of dialogue. You have 48 hours to conceptualize, write, shoot, edit, and submit a 3-minute film centered on these random items. What do you do, hotshot? What do you do?

Henceforth, this contest shall be known as the 48-Hour Film Challenge, presented by the Independent Film Project (IFP), Phoenix Chapter. Webb Pickersgill of Bassline Digital put together a team of friends and entered the contest. The team was: Webb Pickersgill, Joel Cranson, Brenda Glenn, Kevin Herrmann, Nathan Blaine, Charissa Hobt, Hal Semmens, Troy Wilson, and Brett Siders. (Some others also contributed, but this was the major creative team.) This year’s challenge took place July 21-23. This was our material:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Prop: Binoculars
  • Line: “Where did you get those pants?”

(Every team gets the same prop and line. The genres could be horror, comedy, or drama.)

Regrouping at home base, we wrote the mini-screenplay in roughly 3 hours and began shooting immediately that night until 5am. After a five-hour nap break, we continued through Saturday afternoon. At 9pm Saturday night, shooting was wrapped. After a decent night’s sleep, Webb began post-production Sunday morning and submitted the finished product ahead of time Sunday night around 6pm.

48 hours. One 3-minute movie.

Our final product, titled “Silhouette,” premiered next to 24 other submitted short films on August 3, 2006. All 25 films were shown back-to-back, with awards to follow.

“Silhouette” walked away triumphantly with three awards:

  • Best Drama
  • Best use of the line of dialogue
  • 1st Place Overall!! Best Film!

“Silhouette” is now automatically selected to be shown at the next Phoenix Film Festival.

‘Nuff said.